SONY CORPORATION continues to have a tough time after the firm's Q1 2016 financial results showed an expected revenue adjustment from $16.2bn to $15.35bn.
Having failed at laptops, music players and even TVs in the past few years, the company has now offloaded its battery division to Japanese robot maker Murata.
Sony pioneered the commercialisation of the lithium-ion battery in 1975, so this is another heavy blow to the company's portfolio of cool technology things.
The sensor division that included batteries is profitable, but their production was costing Sony $270m a year as rivals like LG, Samsung and Panasonic outsold the firm. A bit like with TVs, then.
Sony lamented that the "competitive environment is significantly changing".
All this leaves Sony with $546m in profit for Q1 2016, but the most interesting thing - and silver lining maybe - is that 78 per cent of this figure came from the PlayStation division.
It's no secret that Sony is basically smashing Microsoft for console sales, selling approximately two PS4s to every Xbox One, and this equated to a 126.3 per cent income hike for PlayStation year on year.
Add to that reduced manufacturing costs as the PS4 reaches maturity, and Sony is pretty much dining out on gaming alone.
But there's still that adjusted revenue guidance to consider. "[PS4 console] sales are expected to be lower than the May forecast due to the impact of foreign exchange rates, partially offset by an increase in PS4 software sales, including sales through the network [i.e. digital downloads]," the firm said.
Sony and Microsoft are working on newer, better, faster, pricier versions of their current machines, introducing an odd sort of pissing contest where the console divisions are constantly hinting at specs and hardware designs while refusing to formally announce anything concrete. It's an amusing situation that's ripe for infuriating and divisive list features. µ
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